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Grateful Dead Live at Freedom Hall on 1974-06-18




This has been commercially released as "Road Trips Vol2. #3"

Set 1

The Promised Land
It Must Have Been The Roses
Black Throated Wind
Ramble On Rose
Beat It On Down The Line
Loser
Mexicali Blues
Eyes Of The World ->
China Doll
Around And Around

Set 2

Loose Lucy
El Paso
Row Jimmy
Weather Report Suite Prelude ->
Weather Report Suite Part ->
Let It Grow ->
Jam ->
The Other One ->
It's A Sin Jam ->
Stella Blue
Big River
Tennessee Jed
Sugar Magnolia

Encore
Morning Dew


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Freedom Hall
Location Louisville, KY

Source SBD>>MR>>DAT>>ZA2>>SHN>>DAW(Bertha)
Transferred by Jay Ashley

Notes

Digitally remastered using a custom built, Dual-DAW, nicknamed Bertha,
by jashley@deadacated.com on January 12, 2003.
There are some major mix problems on the first three tracks of set one.
There are other anomolies throughout.
The original recording is slightly overdriven, causing minor crackling of the signal.
The original source used is courtesy of Darrin Sacks, David Hollister, and others.

Reviews

Reviewer: rasika - - January 26, 2015
Subject: sounds like the best version to me
Since I've already showed Charlie Miller a lot of love, thought I'd do the same for JA. Admittedly I have a crappy pair of headphones at the moment, but this version brings out much more depth in the drums to my ear, giving it a fuller sound than Charlie's version. Kudos Jay!

And thank you IA for giving me this glorious piece of music back after too long. This Eyes, good lord. All Eyes lovers should also check out gd1974-09-11.131901.aud.unk.flac16, which I just discovered (so many gems, so little time!). It's just ridiculously grand. Go have a listen and tap into the Eternal Groove and remember just how eternal now is.
Reviewer: SillyDead! - - March 1, 2014
Subject: as the other show that I can't listen to!
Because this is now a "commercial release" of which is sold out! I can't listen to this! WTF!!! Ok,now here is part two of my proposition, either give me a free copy of this 2 disk or put it back in the web site where it belongs so I can at least listen to it!
Reviewer: chookie - - August 7, 2009
Subject: First reviewer
Now thats just a bunch of nubbish rubbish. The most detached morning dew?!??!?! are you out of your damn mind?!?! You must not like/listen to the dead much, cuz anyone with a trained ear for dead, knows that this show has plenty of special moments, and the Morning Dew is one of them. They did make this into a Road Trips you know.

GReat show, disregard the nubs....
Reviewer: CHILIDAWG - - July 3, 2009
Subject: Not 3 stars and not best Eyes
3 stars? No. Much better but I am partial to a few other Eyes. Still, such a treat to listen to. Thanks.
Reviewer: Burnt Rich - - June 18, 2009
Subject: Eyes........
Summer of 74' Eyes are a s smokin' as they come. I will challenge the "best Eyes ever played" comment w/ the one from Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey on 8/6/1974. I have yet to find a mad hatter like that one. It is on Dick's Picks # 31 and it will raise the bar as high as she goes, I firmly believe. Bobby's comments post Eyes are worth their weight in gold, then they launch into a wild and spooky Playin' that will send you to the psych ward.... Check it out if it slipped you by............

As for this show, thanks again Jay Ashley for a meaty mix for my speakers. "Bertha" can do no wrong!
Reviewer: lcj72835 - - June 13, 2009
Subject: The Sun Shines Bright on My Old Kentucky Home!!
Love this show..one of my all time favorites. It is a great mix after technical problems...thanks to McIntosh and JBL....great song selection and oh yeah.... great playing.
Reviewer: Evan S. Hunt - - August 17, 2008
Subject: If Your Consciousness Is Not Artificially Altered...
...It shall be after sitting (and dancing) through this show.

And let me thank you, PNC, for pointing up the fact that I misappropriated the term "vapid." You are right, and I was wrong.

To clarify, I did not adequately state toward what the vapidness was in reference. And, to justify my gaff, I will only add that due to inherent sound probs with the Wall of Sound that night and some omnipresent recording muffs (drop-outs, loss of signal in one or the other channel, etc.) perhaps what I really wanted to express was that Jerry Garcia's guitar work, and how his performance seemed to lift the rest of the band up to his level, that this recording emptied my brain of a lot of space trash, cleansed it, made it vapid, and reconstructed a brand new heart within me.

Take a breath you say? No way. I am jumping up and down and hyperventilating as result of four replays of this Garcia masterpiece. In my opinion, so far, this is the finest Jerry there is -- the epitome of all he was trying to explain just before the wind and rain ravages of rock and roll took him over and ever-so-gradually eroded his talent. He is just relentlessly all over it from start to end.

Now you would expect from such a statement that I would be comparing leads, but it's so much more than leads -- it's big fat chords and rich fills and scintillating little quips thrown in between words and silences. The Wolf was so well-captured that night you can hear the glistering white heat liquid oozing out, tastefully, all throughout, and it coats and soothes like a cough syrup painting you into a new horizon to which your own soul can add its own color from an soon-inspired palette.

After what I am about to say, I know that if ever any surviving members of the GD read this review, they would order my spleen delivered on a gilded spit, yet I have to say this is the definitive Grateful Dead show from a Coltrane-esque viewpoint. Pretty broad and wild statement, huh?

Well, the other night before I listened again to this version of Eyes of the World, I was playing some Coltrane from the 60's, during a time of his deployment when he was just letting it all hang out -- blowing his horn with such reckless dispatch that it defied all logic.

This Eyes>China Doll on this show speaks of the Grateful Dead's supreme lionization of Coltrane and they do him imminent justice. Jerry coaxes perhaps 15 different tones and 15 distinct styles of music out of his axe that night.

Merely the tone and demeanor of his instrumental recital could inspire one to gush, but it's not only his guitar, it's in his singing, and it's his attack with confidence with just the right amount of forcefulness and aplomb that preserves this as an epic.

I cannot get over it. To date: best Jerry Garcia performance ever -- and the band fell right in line with his effusion of dazzlement.

So, I encourage you to look past some of the anomalies present and listen ever so closely to all the sounds that Garcia plied out of his guitar that night underlined and reinforced by a Wall of Sound that, once the evening's bugs were eradicated, glows in perpetuity.
Reviewer: pnc - - July 14, 2008
Subject: Whoa Evan...
...take a breath. And btw, "vapid" means flacid, empty, or meaningless--which could not be farther from what this night was for the band, imho. In fact, I would say this is a high water mark.

Along with the monumental versions of some of the Dead's major accomplishments (as has been well documented) this show may also have the best El Paso ever!

Great work on this "new" recording. Sounds wonderful.
Reviewer: mid-maine - - June 1, 2008
Subject: three stars?
no way man, if there was a 10, i'd give it. this has been steady in my rotation since 85. don't believe the dis . . .

yeah, thin vocals on the wall of sound due to phase canceling mics, but dang, the eyes of the world is the best ever, the weather report -> other one -> it's a sin jam is amazing, the morning dew encore is nothing short of ridiculous!

roll all of that up in a jay ashley remasterpiece, and you've got at least 5 stars.
Reviewer: Nyssa - - June 1, 2008
Subject: Woke With This Sound
Wake Of The Flood was the first and only Dead in my home for a couple of years when I was a teen. Couldn't stand it, the strained vocals, the inane kerplunking, it was so slow! Once high, playing along on guitar, though, I could hear the peaceful, playful feeling that's throughout this '74 concert.
Phil's slipping and ratcheting, missed notes or dissonance,-- it feels fine, hearing what they're playing,- or trying to play. The thin, tinny vocals help with the recreation of the attitude. Even Black-Throated Wind barely gets a charge this night, and ending the show with the most resigned, detached Morning Dew ever does a beautiful job of draining the willpower. Perfect reminiscence.
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